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    Adcock Makes Royals’ Opening Day Roster

    Adcock finds a spot on Royals 25-manThe Kansas City Royals announced today that pitcher Nathan Adcock will be on the team's opening day roster, meaning he will stay with the organization for now. Adcock was left off the Pirates 40-man roster in December, making him eligible for this year’s Rule 5 draft....

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    Ciriaco optioned; Rodriguez, Bowker make team

    Dave Arrigo, Pittsburgh Pirates The Pirates roster is starting to take shape, and very few question marks remain after a couple announcements following today’s win against the Rays. Pedro Ciriaco has been optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis, meaning Rule 5 pickup Josh Rodriguez has earned a spot on the 25-man roster as a...

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    Typical Minor League Timeline

    Dave Arrigo, Pittsburgh Pirates One of the most important pieces of information we must consider when evaluating a prospect is the player’s age relative to the level at which he is playing. If a player is considerably older than most of his competition (or conversely, if he is much younger than his...

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    Olsen no longer a rotation candidate

    Olsen no longer a rotation candidateScott Olsen has been removed from game action, and is no longer a candidate to begin the season in the Pirates rotation. Olsen was expected to compete with Charlie Morton and others for the fifth starter spot, but he has been slowed by a hamstring injury for...

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    Historical Context For The Big Four

    The future (Dave Arrigo, Pittsburgh Pirates) In the second half of the 2010 season, the Pirates offense was paced by Andrew McCutchen, Neil Walker, Jose Tabata and Pedro Alvarez. The success of these young players was encouraging for a franchise mired in a hopeless multi-decade stretch of losing baseball. Walker is the...

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    Pirates Prospects Annual now available in paperback version

    The moment we have all been waiting for has finally arrived. The 2011 Pirates Prospects Annual is now available in paperback form. Finally, after weeks of anticipation, you can physically hold one of the best Pittsburgh Pirates resources in your hands. The hard copy version is very similar to the digital PDF...

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    A decade ago: Spending money to make money

    A lost talent It is late February and spring training games are about to begin. It is a wonderful time of the year, a time for “Player X is in the best shape of his life” stories and reports on bullpen sessions and rundown drills. And, most importantly, optimism reigns supreme in...

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    2011 Pirates Prospects Annual Now Available For Purchase

    The 2011 Pirates Prospects Annual is here. The Annual is a PDF e-book, and it consists of 151 full-color pages filled with in-depth Pittsburgh Pirates content. It can be yours for the one-time cost of $5, and you can purchase the file via PayPal by simply clicking the link at the end...

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    Meeting with Maholm, Huntington and Coonelly

    As I am sure you have seen on a few other sites, the Pirates invited a few of us bloggers to PirateFest Friday night for a chance to pick the brains of Frank Coonelly, Neal Huntington and Paul Maholm. ...

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    Introducing the 2011 Pirates Prospects Annual

    You may have noticed that things have been kind of slow at Pittsburgh Lumber Co. the past couple months. I have not been posting regularly, and I apologize for that. However, there was a reason for this inactivity. I have...

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